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Oct. 12, 2018, 2:17 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: LRW-LAW-4

"The cabinet recommended a series of legal amendments, to be approved by President Mahmoud Abbas, which include canceling or amending laws that allowed rapists to marry their victims in order to avoid punishment and prison" (para 7).
Oct. 12, 2018, 2:17 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: CUST-LAW-1

"The new amendments allow Palestinian women to... change schools for their children without permission from the father/legal guardian" (para 6).
Oct. 12, 2018, 2:17 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"The new amendments allow Palestinian women to... open bank accounts in their names" (para 6).
Oct. 12, 2018, 2:17 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: CLCC-LAW-2

"The new amendments allow Palestinian women to pass on their citizenship to their children" (para 6).
April 10, 2018, 11:10 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: ATC-DATA-6

According to the Institute of Inclusive Security, Palestine launched their national action plan in 2015 (MB-Coder Comment).
Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"They provide a range of services, in particular for women victims of violence, including hotlines and safe houses" (7). "Lastly, in 2013, the Cabinet approved the National Referral System for Women Victims of Violence ('Takamul'). That document sets forth principles that, taken as a whole, form the basis for a kind of national contract that clarifies the rights and obligations governing the relationship between providers of medical, social and police services on the one hand, and women victims of violence on the other" (9). "As has been explained above, cases of violence against women tend to be dealt with in a manner informed by customary and societal perceptions of violence...more
Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: DACH-DATA-1

"Life expectancy for women in 2015 was 75 years, compared with 72 years for men" (52).
Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: SRACE-PRACTICE-1

"In 2004, the first Palestinian women’s football team was formed and participated in several Arab and Asian championships. In 2008, a Palestinian women’s football league, composed of several women’s football clubs, was established" (59).
Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: GP-DATA-1

"There is 1 woman out of 18 members of the Executive Committee, which is the highest executive authority of the Palestine Liberation Organization. She is the first woman to be elected to the Executive Committee since the founding of the Palestine Liberation Organization" (25). "There are four women ministers — at the Ministry of the National Economy, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the Environment Quality Authority [out of 24 total ministers]" (27). "The head of the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, who has the rank of minister, is also a woman" (28).
Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: CWC-DATA-2

"The economic activity of rural women remains low overall. Economically active women account for 18.9 per cent of the total labour force, of which 47.2 per cent are located in the Palestinian countryside" (59). "Areas of particular concern [for rural women] include enhancing guarantees of fair access to public services, improving the effectiveness of those services and working to bridge the development gaps between different geographical regions" (60).
Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: ISTD-DATA-1

"Between 1998 and 2016 there were a total of 94 AIDS cases, 16 of them women, in Palestine" (52).
Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: LBHO-PRACTICE-1

"In 2010, most of the political parties signed a charter pledging to promote Palestinian women’s participation in political decision-making by ensuring that women held a minimum of 30 per cent of overall positions; increasing the number of decision-making positions held by women in political parties and organizations as well as the number of women on the electoral lists of local and legislative bodies; and nominating women for inclusion on electoral lists in order to increase their chances of success. However, some parties did not commit to enforcing that minimum level of participation" (16). "The effects of the legislative changes [instituting a female quota] were felt in most recent Legislative Council...more
Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: MMR-PRACTICE-1

"In 2013, 68 Palestinian women were obliged to give birth at Israeli military checkpoints. Five of them died and 35 miscarried. Women take hours, sometimes more than four hours, to get to health centres in the West Bank" (53). "Because they were not able to get to hospital [because of the political violence in the Gaza strip] and delivery of care was delayed, 4 pregnant women died and 18 had to have their babies at home" (54).
Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: LBHO-LAW-2

"In order to facilitate women’s access to decision-making positions and promote their right to political participation, Decree Law No. 1 (2007) concerning a general election quota system for women, and Law No. 10 (2005) concerning local council elections and its amendments were adopted as temporary special measures. The election of Palestinian Legislative Council members is based on a party-list proportional representation system. Decree Law No. 1 (2007) stipulates that every electoral list shall include at least one woman candidate in the first three names on the list, the following four names, and every five names thereafter. The law concerning local councils stipulates the following: 1. For local bodies with up...more
Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: IIP-LAW-1

"The Amended Basic Law guarantees freedom of residence and movement to both men and women. No Palestinian may be forced to leave the homeland or prevented from returning to it or leaving it. Other laws in force do not contain any provisions restricting the right of a woman to travel or choose her place of residence" (64). "Women have the same freedom of movement and travel as a man. A wife or daughter has the right to obtain a passport without the approval of the husband or father. As long as a woman is over 18 years of age, there is no legal basis for a man to prevent his...more
Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: CUST-LAW-4

"The Islamic sharia favours a foster care system over adoption. There is no legal bar to a woman being a foster parent. In most cases, foster children are related to their foster parent, whether a man or a woman, but they keep their original names. The foster care system approved by the Cabinet in 2013 treats men and women the same. It stipulates that the foster family seeking the right to care for and raise the child should be stable and contain two spouses living together. The foster care situation only ends if both parents die. That is to say that the mother retains the right to care for the...more
Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The penalty for rape is a sentence of only five to seven years if the victim is under 15. If the victim is between the ages of 15 and 18, and the rapist is one of her legitimate or illegitimate ancestors, he is punished by a sentence of 3 to 15 years" (11). "By contrast, the proposed draft penal code raises the penalty for rapists to 20 years, and life imprisonment if the victim was under 18 or unable to resist due to impairment or disability" (11).
Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The draft defines violence against the family as any act that inflicts material or psychological harm, including sexual or economic abuse or exploitation; forced labour; preventing a person from or forcing a person to work; exerting control over a person’s earnings, possessions or inheritance rights; or threatening to commit such acts, whether the act or threat to commit the act occurred within or outside the family. The family is understood to include individual family members with blood or marriage ties to the fourth degree of consanguinity, or the equivalent thereto, and every person related by ties arising from marriage" (22). "All forms of family violence set out in the definition...more
Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: GP-DATA-3

"The Ministry of Women’s Affairs was established in 2003 to improve the overall situation of women and expand the Government’s commitment to formulating and implementing policies, strategies and measures to eliminate discrimination. The Ministry adopted the relevant international agreements and the Beijing Platform for Action at its inception. The Ministry’s effort towards the adoption of measures to enhance gender equality include the following: proposing and drafting laws and amendments; setting forth economic, cultural, social and media strategies to promote women’s equality and raise awareness of women’s rights across sectors; institutionalizing gender diversity within ministries and within the relevant institutions in the principal sectors; promoting national consolidation and coordination of efforts...more
Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: GIC-LAW-3

"The recognition of motherhood as a social function is a principle that underpins civil service laws and the work of women civil servants and workers, affording them specific social protection and rights, such as paid maternity leave and paid breastfeeding breaks" (17). "The above-mentioned acts provide for the right of public and private employees to fully paid maternity leave both before and after childbirth" (43). "Public and private employees who are nursing have the right to paid nursing breaks during the workday" (43). "Female employees receive leave with full pay for a period of 10 consecutive weeks before and after giving birth. An employee who is nursing has the right...more
Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: IM-DATA-1

"The neonatal mortality rate doubled during the assault, rising to 14 per cent from 7 per cent in the preceding months" (54).
Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"Local media devote space to discussion of women’s affairs, but most discussion focuses on such aspects of the traditional role of women as cooking, health, the family, children and fashion. Most media attention is granted to specific categories of women, namely, women who work in elite and professional positions, instead of on the most vulnerable women, such as rural women, women in refugee camps and women in Bedouin villages. Although there has been a significant increase in women’s involvement in the media sector, particularly in visual media, that quantitative increase has more to do with media-related variables and requirements than with a fundamental change in the status of women. In...more
Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"Some 8 per cent of the members of the Palestinian National Council, that is, 56 out of 744 members, are women. That Council is the supreme body of the Palestine Liberation Organization, the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people, and functions as the Parliament of the State of Palestine. Some 10 out of 124 members of the Palestinian Central Council are women. The Central Council is the link between the Palestinian National Council and the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization" (25). "Only 28 women were nominated for the Legislative Council, as opposed to 676 men. Only 5 women won, as opposed to 83 men. There was one...more
Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: CUST-LAW-1

" Guardianship over a person operates in the same was as guardianship for marriage. It reverts to the closest male relatives of the boy or girl, in accordance with the predominant practice in the Hanafi school" (68). "Personal status laws in force among Muslims grant a woman the right to custody of her children, provided she is capable and regardless whether the woman is married or divorced and or whether the children are male or female. The father’s guardianship over his children continues throughout the custody period" (70). "After the mother, custody reverts to the next woman in the line of succession provided for in the Hanafi school, that is...more
Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: ASR-LAW-2

"Sport is a compulsory subject in Palestinian school curricula throughout primary and secondary education, and female students are entitled to physical education and sport on an equal basis with male students at all schools" (36). "Policies in the area of recreational and sporting games do not discriminate against women and girls. In the education system, physical education is compulsory in all schools" (58-59).
Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-7

"An exception to that is to be found in personal status legislation that requires a married woman to move with her husband and reside in her husband’s home, provided that the woman has been paid her advance dowry and the home in question is legal, secure and furnished with all the necessities of life. However, that legislation gives a woman the right to stipulate in the marriage contract that her husband will not force her to change residence. She may also stipulate that he may not take her out of the country or force her to live in a particular country. Such stipulations are binding. If the husband fails to...more
Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Laws previously in force granted exonerating or mitigating factors to a man murdering a woman in what is known as an 'honour killing'. That was applied in cases where a man catches his wife or one of his close female relatives in an adulterous situation with another person and kills, injures or harms both or one of them. It also applies where a man catches his wife or one of his ascendants, descendants or sisters in an illicit sexual situation with another man. (Article 340 of the Jordanian Penal Code (No. 16 of 1960), which is applicable in the West Bank, and article 18 of the Mandate-era Penal Code (No....more
Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: IAD-PRACTICE-1

"Children are considered descendants of the father, and are required to bear his family name, because of the implications for inheritance" (70).
Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: GP-DATA-6

"The percentage of women judges was 11.7 per cent in 2008, but that had risen to 16.7 per cent as of 2014. There are more women judges in the magistrate courts and the courts of first instance than in the higher courts. There is one woman judge on the Supreme Court in the West Bank, and two on the Supreme Court in the Gaza Strip" (28). "Legislation in force contains no discriminatory provisions with respect to a woman’s right to serve as a sharia judge, and there are three women judges in the Palestinian sharia courts. The year 2015 also saw the appointment of the first two women marriage officiants...more
Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: VOTE-DATA-2

"Palestinian women took part in the first Palestinian legislative and presidential elections in 1996. Although 49 per cent of registered voters were women, they were only 32 percent of actual voters, while 58 per cent were men" (25). "the proportion of women who voted was greater than in the previous election, as can be seen from the following table" (26). The table following this sentence actually shows a decline in the number of women voters. The percentage of women on voting rolls decreased from 49.7 in 2004-2005 to 47.8 percent in 2012-2013. More significantly, the percentage of ballots cast by women compared to total ballots cast was 47.8 in 2004-2005...more